Hello everyone! Today’s blog post is all about oily/combination skin. And if you have this skin type, you must know that it can be frustrating at times. I’ve had this skin type during my teen years and it was hell for me. From having a shiny complexion, melting off all my make-up and breakouts. That’s until I developed dry skin which is another skincare routine on it’s own which I already covered.
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How to know if you have oily/combination skin:
Your skin is oily throughout the day and you have en-large pores all over your face — Then you have oily skin.
Oily skin and en-larged pores exist only in your T-zone (the forehead, nose, and chin) — then you have combination skin.
What causes combination/oily skin:
A variety of factors contribute to combination skin — include an overuse of skin care products, genetics, seasonal changes, etc. When it comes to combination skin, the causes and combinations are a little bit different for everyone.
For oily and combination skin types, a gel-based or mild foaming cleanser would be ideal. You should cleanse your skin 1/2 times daily and remember to not over-wash, because over-washing your face too infrequently encourages breakouts by allowing bacteria to build up inside your pores, leading to excessive oiliness. Look for a cleanser containing Salicylic Acid. It will help to minimize excess oil production. I also suggest carrying around some blotting papers — these are life-savers if your skin becomes a oil-slick within an hour of washing your face.
Now toners are an absolute must for this skin type. They help to make skin feel smoother, remove dirt, handle excess oil, and shrink pores. You want to opt for a oil-absorbing toner. Applying it over your entire face using a cotton pad. However, if your skin is dry in certain areas, apply toner only along your forehead, nose, and chin, while following up a mild, hydrating toner for the dry areas. Stay away from any toners that may contain irritating ingredients, such as alcohol, or any other overly fragranced ingredients.
Another very important step in every skincare routine. Exfoliating will help with removing dead skin cells, excess oil, refine skin texture and make your skin feel baby soft. Opt for exfoilating scrub with fine granules. You should exfoliate once or twice a week.
It’s a common myth that oily/combination skins don’t need moisturizer. I’ve made this mistake aswell, but trust me, it really does! – to moisturize, opt for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer, and don’t forget to protect your skin from everyday sun exposure using an SPF 15 or higher. You want to stay away from heavy lotions, and creams as these will hydrate the skin and any products that may contain any harsh or overly fragrenced ingredients. Look for shine control products to combat oil and minimize large pores. If some parts of your face are dry or flaky you can also use a richer moisturizer on those areas.
When choosing a face mask, you want to opt for a clay mask. These will help to remove dirt, unclog pores, shrink pores, remove dead skin cells, and other impurities from the skin, resulting in a cleaner, and more refined skin tone. A key ingredient to look for in a mask is Glycolic Acid, which has some amazing benefits for the skin — helping to improve uneven skin texture, acne, scarring, hyperpigmention, fine lines and wrinkles. You should use a facial mask atleast once or twice a week.
And there you have it! I really hope this post was helpful. If you have any other questions or thoughts, I’d love to hear them in the comments section below! Thanks so much for reading.